Water as a Resource Incursion (Level 2)

Theme: Science – Earth and Space Sciences
Level: 2

Students will learn how water is used and moved by people and nature. They will study the unique properties of water and understand its importance to life on Earth.


  • Discuss prior knowledge of water and its uses.
  • Explore the observable properties of clear liquids using senses of sight, hearing and smell.
  • Investigate the water cycle by making a model to collect fresh water from salt water.
  • Observe capillary action in paper and relate to movement of water in plants.
  • Discuss a transpiration demonstration.
  • Investigate the movement of water against gravity using a siphon.
  • Explore surface tension holding water molecules together.
  • Conduct chemical tests to identify pollution in different water samples.
  • Observe a natural water filter cleaning muddy water and think about designing their own filter.
  • Set up an ongoing experiment to investigate the growth of plants with different types of contaminated water.


Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions


  • People use science in their daily lives. (VCSSU041)
  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life. (VCSSU046)
  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (VCSSU047)
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
  • Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations. (VCSIS053)
  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others.(VCSIS054)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas about changes in objects and events in a variety of ways. (VCSIS055)


“Jenelle was excellent with the students and had good classroom control. It helped that she had a background in classroom teaching which is excellent for an incursion.”
– Methodist Ladies College, 2019

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